Manchester City have been handed a double injury blow ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash against Liverpool.
After overcoming a tough test at Stamford Bridge in their previous Premier League fixture as a goal from Gabriel Jesus secured the three points for the champions, Pep Guardiola’s side now face another tricky encounter with Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield.
In his latest press conference ahead of the showdown against Liverpool, Guardiola revealed that both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ilkay Gundogan will miss the match at Anfield through injury.
Both players also missed City’s midweek 2-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
With Gundogan in particular proving to be a vital figure for City last season, scoring 17 goals and providing five assists in 46 appearances across all competitions, this shows just how much of a big miss he will be at Anfield, where he scored a brace in the 4-1 victory over the Reds back in February.
While Guardiola will undoubtedly have preferred to have Zinchenko as an option, Joao Cancelo has been in stunning form for City, predominantly playing in the left-back position in the league. Also, he is currently listed as the club’s highest-rated player this season according to WhoScored with an overall rating of 7.47/10, which says to us that the Ukrainian’s absence is not as damaging to the team as Gundogan’s could be.
With only Ferran Torres having racked up more shots per game (3.3) than Gundogan (2.6) in the Premier League so far this term according to WhoScored, it’s safe to say that City will be without one of their main attacking assets from midfield on Sunday, which could leave the manager feeling gutted.
In terms of who Guardiola could use to fill in for the German at Anfield, the Spaniard has the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva at his disposal, so he certainly has a crucial decision to make when it comes to his team selection in midfield.
Looking even further ahead, Guardiola will definitely be hoping that both Gundogan and Zinchenko will be able to return from injury as soon as possible to help tackle the hefty amount of fixtures they have ahead of them across all competitions.